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2013 Winter Restaurant Guide: Latin American 

Latin American

2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 468-3533
Coxinha are deep-fried fritters made with spiced and floured shredded chicken. Feijoada is a traditional black bean and pork stew made with salted pork, smoked pork ribs and smoked sausage and served with collard greens, orange slices and rice sprinkled with tapioca flour (farofa). Reservations accepted for large parties. Breakfast and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

527 Julia St., (504) 875-4132;
The rico is a grilled plantain patty topped with melted panela cheese, spicy pork, salsa fresca, avocado and tangy sweet rico sauce. The Esmeralda salad features quinoa, black beans, corn, peppers and cilantro tossed with coconut-chili-lime vinaigrette and topped with toasted pumpkin seeds and Cotija cheese. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

3100 Kingman St., Suite 104, Metairie, (504) 885-6516
The Cuban sandwich is prepared with house-cooked, hand-sliced pork, glazed ham, Swiss cheese, butter, pickles and mustard pressed on locally baked bread. The bistec relleno is sirloin steak stuffed with ham, bacon, onions, olives and parsley and simmered in garlic, onions, tomatoes and herb sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

8120 Hampson St., (504) 862-5252;
Pork pupusas are formed from handmade corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and beans and served with refried black beans and plantains. Traditional Salvadoran ceviche features citrus-cured shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Checks. $$

2027 Magazine St., (504) 309-3401;
The Chino Cubano is Cuban-style seafood fried rice served with Argentinian churrasco steak, chimichurri and a fried egg. The tuna watermelon ceviche features ahi tuna and watermelon mixed with lemon oil, cilantro, onions, sambal oelek, yuzu juice and candied orange peels topped with cabbage escabeche and comes with flatbread chips. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

2300 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 368-5724
Combination pupusas feature thick cornmeal tortillas stuffed with pork, cheese and beans. The bistec en cebollado is steak covered in onions served with white rice, black beans and tostones. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 780-2354;
Chili oyster tacos contain spicy fried oysters, grilled onions, poblanos, pico de gallo, cilantro avocado salsa and Serramoulade sauce. There also is Cuban pork carnitas (marinated pork roast with garlic, spices and grilled onions topped with orange-and-lime mojo) and Cuban steak (grilled skirt steak and onions with tequila lime marinade). Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

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